Jennifer Tiffin is a Toronto-based artist, grad student, visual communicator, curator, arts administrator, studying Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (hons.) degree in Photography from Ryerson University.
While she now calls Toronto home, Jennifer was born, and spent her formative years, in the prairies. She has lived across western Canada and the United States, and no matter the distance travelled, ocean, prairies, rivers, and mountains continue to illuminate her imagination; they flow through her work like they do her memories.
Jennifer’s work explores the phenomenology of grief and depression, death and loss, memory, and the formation of subjectivity in the natural landscape.
Her forthcoming book, Mourning Diary (2014), is a meditation love, loss, and longing. In this project, diaristic notecards are juxtaposed with mountainscape photographs from her personal archive. The diptychs nod to the lived experience of despair, the delicacy of mental health, and the poetics of pain. Through this series, the mountain–as maternal metaphor–is omnipresent; through trauma she comforts, she shields, she inspires, and she heals.
Mourning Diary is the first of three books in the Elegy trilogy. Its expected release is in late 2014/early 2015.